[PHOTO GALLERY] 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT debuts at Chicago image

The South Korean based automaker Hyundai has recently unveiled the 2013 Elantra GT, during the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

This isn’t the first time when the 2013 Hyundai Elantra G makes its debut at an international automotive event, and just last year, during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the model made its official debut. According to the car manufacturer, this is actually a re-badged i30 for European markets and the model will go against rivals like the Volkswagen Golf, the Mazda3 or the Ford Focus, and with its fluidic lines over the body, it comes closer to its European sibling, the i30.

“Elantra GT is a fun-to-drive, functional, five-door compact hatchback. Elantra GT is the latest example of how Hyundai is redefining the compact car and setting new standard in automotive design, efficiency and functionality”, said the Hyundai Motor America Product and Corporate Planning vice president, Mike O’Brien.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is powered by an advanced 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine, which is developing 148 horsepower, a best in class output of 82.2 horsepower per liter. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission and with its total weight of 1.262 kg (2.784 lbs), the model is returning an average of 28/39 mpg in city/highway.